Winners of 2007 Robert J. Grey Jr. Negotiations Competition Announced

Lexington, VA Friday, September 21, 2007

2007 Negotiations Winners Joseph Yahr, left, and Ben Conley, right, with Robert J. Grey.
The 2007 Robert J. Grey Jr. Negotiations competition at the Washington and Lee University School of Law came to a close Friday evening, with the team of Ben Conley '08 and Joseph Yahr '08 emerging victorious. Placing second was the team of Radcliff Menge '08 and Colin Ram '08, with honorable mention going to Kevin Quencer '08 and Jim Bullard '08. The top two teams will go on to represent the School of Law in the National Negotiation competition beginning later this fall.

The Negotiation Competition is an American Bar Association Law Student Division sponsored forum offered to help students develop practical legal skills and emphasizes teamwork and the ability to resolve disputes in a negotiation setting. Teams of students acting as lawyers for opposing parties receive confidential information about how they can best represent their clients' interests. The teams work together in a limited time frame to find a compromise that is acceptable to both of their clients.

The problem for this year's finals involved negotiations between a private equity fund and a group of scientists interested in developing a renewable-energy source. The final round of the competition was judged by Robert Grey, Dean Rod Smolla, and Professor Caprice Roberts '97, whose team won the regional competition when she was a student at the School of Law. The administrators for this year's competition were third-year students Jacob Barker and Wyatt Deal.

The Moot Court Board last year named the competition for Grey, who is past president of the American Bar Association and a member of the Washington and Lee University Board of Trustees, because of his extensive experience in dispute resolution. A partner in the Richmond, Va., office of Hunton & Williams, Grey's practice has focused on administrative matters before state and federal agencies, mediation and dispute resolution, and legislative representation of clients.

The Moot Court Executive Board, chaired this year by David Hillman, administers all competitions for the Moot Court Program, which includes the Davis Moot Court Competition, Mock Trial, and Client Counseling. For more information about the Moot Court Board and upcoming competitions, please visit

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